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with Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Advocate Eric T. Matinenga
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yourself in five words?
I want to serve.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
I think it was from my mother. She said I should never
expect anything from a platter. I should work hard for it.
is your most treasured possession?
My wife and family.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being unable to do what you would otherwise be able to
do. To be in a position of utter hopelessness, and you can't
do anything about it.
have any strange hobbies?
No I don't.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
is your greatest extravagance?
I don't have any because I simply can't afford it.
have you got in your fridge?
Cool drinks, bread. I think there is beer, water, and some
vegetables. Pieces of meat and fish and dog meal.
is your greatest fear?
That really we won't be able to achieve what we want
to do in this environment. We are slowly earning a reputation of
belonging to the statuesque, which is unfortunate.
have you got in your pockets right now?
There is money.
is your favourite journey?
I like going to the country.
are your heroes in real life?
I don't have any.
and where were you happiest?
When I married my wife.
your biggest vice?
I used to smoke but I gave that up in 1994. Looking back
that's the best thing I ever did, besides marrying my wife.
were you like at school?
I was considered naughty but I don't think I was.
I was just outgoing. I remember at University this receptionist
was able to identify the times when I was trying to be naughty.
She would say . . . not that naughty smile again!
are you doing next?
What I would love to do is to get out of this place and
practise law. I don't know whether I was naïve or not
but I don't want politics in my life. Maybe, as a politician,
I make too many demands. I demand transparency, which is not there
in politics. I think I would offer better services as a lawyer than
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